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More details on past of escaped inmate Michael Elliot

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As the manhunt across two states continues, we're learning more information about how Elliot ended up in prison.

He was serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing four people in 1993 and burning down their house.

All day, Newschannel 3 has been digging into Elliot's criminal history, and even spoke to one of his victim's family members.

Elliot was convicted of first degree murder in 1994 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Court records describe the case against Elliot.

He was 20 years old when four people were fatally shot in a robbery in Gladwin County.

Police say Elliot and his two brothers and another woman plotted to rob a storage unit that they believed was filled with $5 million in drug money--it turned out to be empty.

The armed crew then went to the home of Michael Tufnell, the alleged drug dealer who used the storage unit, and planned to rob a safe.

Elliot and his brother, Chuck Treece went into the house and killed Tufnell, his girlfriend Vickie Currie, his brother Bruce Tufnell, and another woman, Kathy Lane.

Elliot was arrested a few days later, and was found to be in possession of a gun that was tied to the slayings.

One of Elliot's co-defendants testified against him, saying he laughed about shooting the victims in the head.

"I hadn't thought about him in a very long time," said Stacy Ramsay, whose parents were murdered by Elliot. "I forgave him a long time ago; it's shocking to get a call saying he's now escaped."

If you have any information about Elliot's whereabouts, please call the Michigan State Police tip line, at (616)527-5616.